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Andrew Plaisier

Andrew Plaisier (2021)


What are your most important educational and musical moments?
Spending a summer in Breckenridge, CO playing several full orchestral programs a week was one of the most fun and strengthening experiences I’ve had.  I always love pieces for choir and orchestra, whether they are big and dramatic like Mahler’s Second Symphony or more intimate and smaller like Gabriel Faure’s Requiem. Those concerts tend to have special moments musically. 

Tell us about your family.
I was married in Seattle, WA less than a week after BOBI 2022! 

Why did you choose music?
I love the challenge of playing and trying to improve on my instrument, and I love the music! However, I didn’t think I would be playing cello as a career. In college and graduate school I was almost always thinking about alternative careers in the back of my mind, right up until I won my first orchestra position – which is why I also have a degree in biology.

Why did you choose your instrument?
I chose the cello during the instrument trial day at school; I was choosing between cello and viola, and my best friend was choosing between cello and bass, so we both picked cello.

What are you currently doing?
My time is relatively evenly divided between playing with the Grand Rapids Symphony, teaching private cello lessons at home and in a few schools, and playing church and wedding gigs. 

Any non-musical interests or hobbies?
I love outdoor activities: water sports like skiing, kayaking, and swimming; mountain biking; and hiking. Indoors, I like playing board games. I also am very interested in airplanes and am hoping to attain my private pilot license someday soon.

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